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Two-second tip: how to drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

I heard Adam Carolla mention this quick tip, and it really works.  I had to pass this along.  If you need to drill a hole in your wall and you don't want to make a mess on the floor, just use a Post-it® note.

Paper under hole3/8" hole in a 2x6

You make a couple of quick folds, paste the paper on the wall, then drill your hole.  All of the drywall dust or whatever you're drilling in to will fall on to the paper.  Done and done.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections

        

Comment balloon 9 commentsReuben Saltzman • April 24 2012 03:21AM

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Great post. I will send it to my wife the next time she gets the drill out.

Very ingenous. 

Posted by Erv Fleishman, Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates (Realty Associates) about 6 years ago

Great idea!  I have used paper before with little success due to the ability of holding it in place, but this will work great!

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 6 years ago

Cool idea. Post Its aren't just for notes!

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 6 years ago

Reuben, Someone just recently told me that but I have yet to try it. 

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

I have never tried that, but it makes sense.  And later you can fold it up into a paper airplane!  Get rid of the sawdust first.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Erv - thanks, it really works.

Vern - I've tried the paper, as well as a 'cupped hand'... this is a lot better.

James - not any more :)

Donald - another Adam Carolla fan, no doubt.

Jay - a very, very tiny paper airplane.

 

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 6 years ago

When my kids were bored in church, I would give them pieces of paper to make an origami something.  Every time it was a different challenge.  They had great fun with it and something as small as a Post-It note would not be a problem!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Reuben- I just showed this to my husband.  Thanks!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

That is a very cool idea, Reuban - and timely given some of my projects this weekend.  Thanks!

Posted by Paul Duffau, Caring for People, Educating about Homes (Safe@Home Inspections, LLC in SE Washington) about 6 years ago

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